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Shalom, ani Yana. Hi everybody! I’m Yana.
Welcome to HebrewPod101.com’s “Ivrit be-shalosh dakot”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Hebrew.
In the last lesson, we learned the numbers from one to ten. Have you forgotten? Here I'll tell you again:
Ehad, shtaim, shalosh, arba, hamesh, shesh, sheva, shmone, tesha, eser!!!
Do you remember how to say your phone number?
And now let’s continue from eleven.
[slowly] Ehad-esre
[slowly] Shteim-esre.
[slowly] Shlosh-esre.
[slowly] Arba-esre.
[slowly] Hamesh-esre.
[slowly] Shesh-esre.
[slowly] .Shva-esre
[slowly] Shmona-esre.
[slowly] Tsha-esre.
And finally we have:
[slowly] Esrim!!
Okay, now repeat after me. I'll say the numbers and give you time to repeat each one.
11. Ehad-esre
12. Shteim-esre
13. Shlosh-esre
14. Arba-esre
15. Hamesh-esre
16. Shesh-esre
17. Shva-esre
18. Shmona-esre
19. Tsha-esre
20. Esrim!
These numbers may seem harder to remember, but you really just have to memorize slight changes in pronunciation of one to ten, and just add esre after numbers starting from ten.
Let’s not stop at 20! Counting from eleven to one hundred is super easy! Now I'll give you the tens:
While you have to memorize a few of these numbers, there are a couple of tricks that will make memorizing them incredibly easy!
All the tens are basically the numbers 1-10 with slight changes, but always end up with im. For example;
Shalosh- is three, and Shlosh-im- is thirty!
[slowly] Shalosh- Shloshim
Lets take another example; Do you remember what hamesh is? Five!
So to make it fifty you change it to Hamishim.
[slowly] Hamesh- Hamishim
and Shmone? will make Shmonim!
[slowly] Shmone- Shmonim.
The last thing to learn today is how to form compound numbers above twenty. This is also super easy!
Take the tens and simply add the numbers you learned in the previous lesson. But! don’t forget to add ve- when you are making compound numbers over twenty!!. Ve- means “and”, so basically if you count twenty two, you say; esrim ve- shtaim. meaning- “twenty and two”.
It is very important so don’t forget that!!!
Let’s try it out.
How would you say “fifty-six” in Hebrew? Let’s take it step-by-step. "Fifty" is Hamishim, and then add the tiny ve- and "Shesh", six.
Hamishim ve-shesh! It’s done! Isn’t that easy?
Let’s make another number, for instance, "ninety-eight."
Take "ninety", Tish’im, add ve- and "eight", Shmone:
Tish’im ve- Shmone!
After only two lessons, you are now able to count to one hundred in Hebrew!
In the next lesson we are going to put your number knowledge to use! Do you have all the skills you need to go shopping in Israel? If not, I'll be waiting for you in our next Ivrit be-shalosh dakot lesson.
Lehitraot ve-ad ha-paam ha- baa!!


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Friday at 6:30 pm
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How high can you count in Hebrew?

Saturday at 4:07 pm
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Hi Leszek Paul,

Thanks for posting on this!

Counting in Hebrew is done by using the feminine form, that's correct. That said, the tendency of many speakers is to use the masculine version for 1,11,21 and so on, as pronounced by Yana in this lesson.

In any case, I will forward this issue as I fully understand that it may be confusing and misleading.



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Leszek Paul
Monday at 2:19 am
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Hi, i am getting a bit confused..For counting you are supposed to use numbers in the feminine form. So my other book says

eleven supposed to be אחת-עשרה,

twelve שתים-עשרה, and אחד ist masculin form..

or my books are wrong?


Monday at 2:56 am
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Hi Abhishek,

Thanks for posting!

You are completely correct. "akhat este" (אחת עשרה) is the correct feminine form that we mostly use for counting. The masculine form in this case will be "Ekhad asar" (אחד עשר).

I'm forwarding this issue for editing 👍



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Thursday at 11:03 pm
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I think 11 is echat este not echad esre

Thursday at 9:49 pm
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Hi Jeannet ,

Thanks for commenting.

החודש השלושה-עשר is correct as you wrote, as 'month' is masculine.

החודש השלוש- עשרה is a mistake, might be a common one but still a mistake :)



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Jeannet Benschop
Friday at 3:47 am
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Just a question on the correct translation of '13th month's salary'

I worked out that it should be החודש השלושה-עשר hachodesh hashlosha-asar, because chodesh is masculine.

However, my dictionary says החודש השלוש- עשרה hachodesh hashalosh-esreh

Is my dictionary wrong? Or are both ways acceptable?

Wednesday at 12:39 pm
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Hello Roxi,

Thank you for posting.

We’ll consider your feedback for our future development.

Let us know if you have any question.


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Sunday at 12:50 am
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I think including the niqqud for the numbers written in Hebrew (and actually in all the videos not just here) would help so much understanding the change in the pronunciation. I know in written Hebrew the niqqud is not used, but I think it is still very helpful when someone is an absolute beginner.

Anyways, i still like these lessons :)


Wednesday at 9:17 pm
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Shalom ekooke,

Thank you for posting.

Please let us know if you have any questions


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Sunday at 11:50 pm
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